THE BRONX - Protesters rallied today in a fight to keep some of the borough's library branches from shutting down.

The rally was part of a five-borough protest to fight the looming cuts to the New York Public Library system.

Part of the rally consisted of patrons and workers surrounding their libraries to raise awareness about the proposed $47 million cuts to the library system.

In addition to the rally, students have also signed a petition.

Advocates say the budget could mean six fewer branches, 2.1 million fewer library visits, 3.1 million fewer books in circulation and 12,800 fewer programs for young people.